The story of immigration to Britain from the Romans to asylum seekers - a moving and inspiring history which chronicles the remarkable stories of immigration that founded and defined a nation.
The story of the way Britain has been settled and influenced by foreign people and ideas is as old as the land itself. In this original, important and inspiring book, Robert Winder tells of the remarkable migrations that have founded and defined a nation.
'Our aristocracy was created by a Frenchman, William the Conqueror, who also created our medieval architecture, our greatest artistic glory. Our royal family is German, our language a bizarre confection of Latin, Saxon and, latterly, Indian and American. Our shops and banks were created by Jews. We did not stand alone against Hitler; the empire stood beside us. And our food is, of course, anything but British. . .' Winder has a thousand stories to tell and he tells them well.
Supremely readable - The Times
Totally absorbing and revelatory . . . could not be more timely - Daily Mail
Enlightened and illuminating. Winder goes a long way towards defining what we are as a nation - Independent
He has a good eye for the telling anecdote. There is so much to intrigue and delight - Spectator
A breath of fresh air in a foul and fetid room - Sunday Times
Robert Winder was literary editor of the INDEPENDENT for 5 years. He has written three novels, No Admission, The Marriage of Time and Convenience and The Final Act of Mr. Shakespeare. Winder is also the author of three works of nonfiction, Bloody Foreigners, Open Secrets and The Last Wolf.